EvoS Summit – Expanding Darwin’s Reach across the Ivory Archipelago

DATE: 10/26 (Friday)

TIME: 9:30am – 7:30pm

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/150099508461642/

In recent years, evolution, the most powerful theory in the life sciences, has been applied to academic questions that span across all islands of academia. From anthropology to literary studies to art to biology to geology to psychology and more! Much of the center of this work has taken place at SUNY Institutions, including the work of Bingham and Souza at Stonybrook, the work of Gallup at Albany, the work of Geher and the Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program at New Paltz, and, of course, the work of David Sloan Wilson at Binghamton – where the first-ever undergraduate EvoS program was created nearly a decade ago. And much of this work was strongly catalyzed by Rosemarie Sokol Chang’s lead role in developing the international EvoS Consortium, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This conference will highlight how far these EvoS-related initiatives have come – and will help mobilize scholars from all walks to foster EvoS within the confines of higher education in the future. We will also have meetings dedicated to:

1. creating and supporting a SUNY-Wide EvoS program (think Power of SUNY)

2. applying to the NSF for money to help broaden the reach of EvoS

3. collaborating with Robb Wolf on developing a curriculum that would dovetail with his certificate in paleolithic health and diet.

Working together, great achievements are possible. Hope to see you in October!

Host: Glenn Geher

Please contact NP EvoS assistant, Briana Tauber (n01731425@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu) for information.



POSTERS Set up will be in South Lobby of Lecture Center for duration of conference. We have space to accommodate a number of posters. Posters to be 36″ tall by 48″ wide. They need to be set up Friday morning prior to 11:30am and taken down prior to 7:30pm. To submit an idea for a poster, simply include the title, author(s), affiliation(s), primary email address, and a brief (one-paragraph) description of the work and how it relates to the topic of the conference. Empirical work on various topics related to evolution as well as work that is primarily conceptual or pedagogically oriented will be accepted. Due date for poster submissions is 10/5. Decisions on acceptance will be sent to the author by email no later than 10/15. Note that, space allowing, we expect to generally accept appropriate posters. For further information on presenting a poster related to Evolution and Higher Education, please contact NP EvoS assistant, Briana Tauber (n01731425@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu). Poster submissions should be sent directly to Briana via email. Poster presenters should plan to attend at least 2 of the the break / poster sessions and be prepared to describe their posters to others. See schedule (below) for details.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (tenative – 99% right as of 8/29/2012)

9:30-11:30 – Business Meeting – discussion of grant and curricular initiatives;location JFT 1010; all are invited (but few are obligated!).


11:30-12:30 – LUNCH in town or on campus


12:30 – 1:30** – Introductory Remarks by Glenn Geher (Director of EvoS at SUNY New Paltz) and Don Christian (President of SUNY New Paltz)

and Introductory Keynote Address by Gordon Gallup (SUNY Albany) – Evolutionary Medicine – Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Studies in Action

1:45-2:30** – Evolutionary Studies in Higher Education: Into the Gray and Out Again (Rosemarie Sokol Chang (APA and SUNY New Paltz); Jennifer Waldo (SUNY New Paltz);  Glenn Geher, (SUNY New Paltz))

2:30-3:00 – Break / Poster Session

3:00 – 3:30 – Evolutionary Studies from the Student Perspective (Daniel Glass (UMASS Boston) and Amanda Guitar (SUNY New Paltz))

3:30-4:00 – EvoS Online: Deep History Meets the Future (Kevin Sheridan (Binghamton University; Broome County College))

4:00-4:30 – Evolution and Human Health: EVO 201 and Connections with Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution (Hamilton Stapell, SUNY New Paltz)

4:30-4:45 – Break / Poster Session

4:45 – 5:30** – The Biology of Being Human (Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza (Stonybrook))

5:30-6:15** – Capstone Address: EvoS, The Binghamton Neighborhood Project, and the Future of Evolution in Higher Education (David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University)

6:15-7:30 – Final Poster Session / Mingle

7:30 – Conference ends – Unofficial follow-up at Bacchus in downtown New Paltz


** Attendance at this talk will count for 2 subject pool credits in the New Paltz Psychology Department Subject Pool – for more info, please email.


RegistrationFREE for ALL students with student ID; $30 for non-students / FacultyRegistration due: September 30. Registrants must submit a printed and completed copy of this registration form:


EVOS SUMMIT REGISTRATION FORM (DUE Sep. 30, 2012) (copy, print, complete; submit with check)

NAME: _________________________

Email address: ___________________________

Affiliation: _____________________________

STATUS: (CIRCLE ONE: Student or Other)

AMOUNT INCLUDED: _____________________

SPECIAL NOTES (optional): ______________________


On-site and/or late registration may cost more. In your envelope, include your completed registration form – and please make checks payable to:

SUNY EvoS /CAS Account 7650-85

Attn: Briana Tauber

600 Hawk Dr.

c/o Psychology Dept; JFT 314

New Paltz, NY 12561


Location: SUNY at New Paltz

Lodging: Good rates at a clean/close hotel are found at the Super 8; it’s less than 2 miles from campus. Their rates are: Thursday ($79+tax); Friday ($99+tax)

Other options include the Inn at Orchard Heights (walkable to campus) and theMinnewaska Lodge (5 mile drive – sweet place).

Travel: Closest airport is Stewart in Newburgh (~15 miles from campus). We are about 90 miles from the NYC airports and about 75 miles from Albany.

Parking: … Is a pain on this campus! But we can help. Please contact NP EvoS assistant, Briana Tauber (n01731425@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu) prior to 10/15 for a day-parking pass (or you can get a parking pass the day of the event via:http://www.newpaltz.edu/parking/).


FOLLOW-UP 5K: Saturday morning, 10/27, in Rosendale – EvoS Team will be represented in UlsterCorps Zombie Escape 5K – starts at 11:15. This race is optional but encouraged! Details here:


OFFICIAL BAR OF EVOS SUMMIT – Bacchus – offering conference-goers (with proof of registration / badge) $1 off no-already-discounted drinks. Walking distance from campus – great pool tables!

Sponsors: SUNY Evolutionary Studies Program; Evolutionary Studies Club, Bacchus

Glenn Geher

About Glenn Geher

Glenn Geher is professor and chair of psychology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In addition to teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and conducting research in various areas related to evolutionary psychology, Glenn directs the campus’ EvoS program, one of the most successful, noteworthy, and vibrant features of a campus that prides itself (rightfully) on academic vibrance. In Building Darwin’s Bridges, Glenn addresses the details of New Paltz’s EvoS program as well as issues tied to the future of evolutionary studies in the rocky and often unpredictable landscape of higher education.
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